It’s not uncommon for a team to enter a season knowing its window for success is about to close as a result of the salary cap and free agency. Fortunately for the Raiders, they are built to last beyond the upcoming season. That’s great and all, provided head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike
Steve has covered the Raiders in some capacity since their return to Oakland in 1995. He was the full-time beat writer from 1997-2010. for the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News and covered more than 400 NFL games, including four Super Bowls. He also is the co-author of a recently released book titled "Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield."